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Henderson State Univ. Basketball
HSU Basketball Camps
Coaching Staff

Damon Francis
Assistant Coach

Damon Francis begins his first season as part of the Henderson State men’s basketball staff.

Francis came to Henderson State after spending the last two seasons at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.

No stranger to Arkadelphia, Francis earned his B.A. in Kinesiology from Ouachita Baptist University in 2005. Francis will earn his master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy at the end of the summer.

As a player, Francis lead OBU to two straight second-place finishes in the Gulf South Conference West Division.

Before enrolling at Ouachita, he attended Cincinnati State Community College, a Division I NJCAA school at the time, and helped the team win the Region 12 regular season championship. Francis received an Associate of Arts degree from Cincinnati State.

While at Fairleigh Dickinson, Francis was responsible for scheduling, assisted in scouting and was the academic liaison for the team.

Prior to his stint at FDU, Francis was the assistant coach at Missouri State-West Plains in West Plains, Mo. He helped coach the Grizzlies to their best record in school history (31-4), while taking the team to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament for the first time in school history. MSWP was also ranked No. 1 in the country over the final five weeks of the season, the first time in school history the team was ranked at the top.

Following his playing days at OBU, Francis served as an assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at OBU for six years.

As a coach, he helped lead the Tigers to the semifinals of the NCAA South Region Tournament.  Along the way, Francis helped recruit and coach eight All-Conference performers. He served as the Tigers’ student assistant coach from 2005-2006, graduate assistant coach from 2006-2007 and as assistant coach/head junior varsity coach from 2007-2009. Francis also coached the top Ohio AAU team, the All-Ohio Red, for two years.

A 2001 graduate of Springboro (Ohio) High School, Francis was a two-time Mid-Miami League Player of the Year (2000, 2001) and participated in the 2001 Ohio/Kentucky and Ohio/West Virginia All-Star Games. He set the school record in career assists and game assists and is seventh all-time in assists in the state of Ohio. Francis was inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame in February 2010.

Francis is married to the former Whitney Santifer who is also a graduate of OBU and was a member of the Lady Tiger softball team. The two have one daughter, Blakely.


Devin Jones
Graduate Assistant

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